The creators of some of Japan’s most celebrated story-based games have formed a new studio and their first game is… a 2D platformer.
In some ways Death March Club looks exactly like what you’d expect from Danganronpa creator Kazutaka Kodaka and Zero Escape developer Kotaro Uchikoshi.
The colourful anime imagery hiding a story with decidedly darker themes is exactly what they’re known for, especially Kodaka, but the fact that Death March Club seems to be a 2D platformer is a bit of a surprise.
Both creators now work at new company Too Kyo Games, and Death March Club seems to be pitched at the exact halfway point between their two most famous works: with luckless school kids forced to play an ‘Assignment Game’ by a sinister supernatural, but kind of cute, being.
Make sure you turn on YouTube subtitles and take a peek at the official website and you’ll get a better idea of what’s going on in the video below.
The basic set-up involves a ‘Losers class’ of underachievers, filled with kids from across Japan, who get caught up in a rockslide while on their school bus and wake up in a creepy underwater amusement park.
They then discover that the game they’re forced to play is going to involve them sacrificing the lives of their classmates.
Exactly how this works in gameplay terms isn’t clear yet but it sounds like each kid has burgeoning superpowers of some sort, so it looks like they have to team-up to make use of each other’s abilities while also contemplating stabbing each other in the back.
With all the balloons and a creepy clown, it’s pretty obvious It has been an influence on the story but just how nasty it dares to get we’ll have to wait and see.
Unusually, for a Japanese game, the Death March Club has only been announced for the PC so far, but we’ll see if that lasts. There doesn’t seem to be a release date yet though.
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